Breaking News: Audiobook publishers merge

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AudioGo, previously BBC Audiobooks America, acquires Blackstone Audio, pioneering audiobook publisher. Here’s more from The Bookseller:

AudioGO c.e.o. Mike Bowen will serve as c.e.o. of the combined Group. Josh Stanton will continue as president of Blackstone Audio and become c.e.o. of the North America operations. Craig Black has been appointed to the Group’s board of directors and he and Michelle Black will remain as consultants to the Group.
Michael Kuhn remains non-executive chairman, now of the combined Group.
Kuhn said of Blackstone Audio: “Its reputation for quality audio recordings is unmatched and under Josh Stanton they have pioneered innovative digital initiatives with its new ‘Downpour.com’ website. Together we look forward to providing an exceptional offering to audiobook customers worldwide.”

Congratulations to Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award-winner, Craig Black & Michelle Black on their long success with Blackstone, and on the new chapters to come in their life!

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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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